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I use a program called Sougou, which is very poopular in China I think. Sometimes I use the Microsoft pinyin language option.

Sougou is very good at guessing my characters based on context, but sometimes I have to click through to find my character, especially when it's character with ü it seems.

  • Is there a standard rule here? Should ü always be replaced with v in pinyin programs?

  • What about after the J, Q, X and Y letters where ü is always implied, should I be hitting V or U on my keyboard?

Sorry for the simplistic question, I wish I could understand the sougou documentation, but it's still "chinese" to me. Thank you.

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Only when there's ambiguity. For instance, lu is a valid pinyin so lü becomes lv in the IME. –  user58955 Jun 28 at 20:21

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In the past (e.g. 80's to 90's), when the Chinese IME did not implement fuzzy logic, the rule was you should use v for and only for ü as you would write on paper. For example for J you should type ju not jv.

Now all the mainstream Chinese IME (MSPY, Sogou, Google Pinyin, etc.) has fuzzy logic built-in and enabled by default. This question isn't much relevant anymore.

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A more direct answer:

  • lv

  • nv

  • lve

  • nve

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V is not used in Chinese as a consonant (声母), it was used to be ü as a vowel (Chinese called 韵母), like

lv -> 绿 xv -> 许

Is there a standard rule here? Should ü always be replaced with v in pinyin programs? Yes

What about after the J, Q, X and Y letters where ü is always implied, should I be hitting V or U on my keyboard?

When used with JQXY ü is same as u in sogou , it is normal in internet , although they are different in textbook.

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v is not an Alphabet in official PINYIN system but an International Phonetic Alphabet.
ǘ愚,于,雨,遇
But Sougou always using what is short for convenience.
It's the most popular Chinese Input Method in China even Apple set it as default in OSX Mavericks.
I think there are no strict rules,everything based on your own preferences.

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